The current Dalai Lama is the 14th Dalai Lama (religious names: Tenzin Gyatso, Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso; Lhamo Dhondup born;) born on 6 July 1935. Dalai Lamas are main Gelug School monks, who formally headed the Ganden Tripas, the new Tibetan Buddhist School. He is selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and in a 1939 public Declaration near the town of Bumchen officially acknowledged as the 14th Dalai Lama. On 26 January 1940 Rinpoche requested the central government to relieve Tenzin Gyatso, on the basis of the Golden Urn method, of being the 14th Dalai Lama.
Time magazine named him as one of the’ Children of Mahatma Gandhi’ and a spiritual successor to non-violence and was recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and of the U.S. Congressional Gold medal in 2006.
The Dalai Lama is a man of peace. In 1989, for his non-violent fight for the independence of Tibet, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Even in the face of extreme aggression he has consistently supported policies of non violence. He was also the first Nobel laureate to be recognized for his concern with global environmental issues.
He has traveled 6 continents in over 67 countries. Through his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsiblity and compassion he won more than 150 honors, honorary doctorates, prizes etc. He has also written or co-authored more than 110 books.He has organized talks and engaged in many activities to foster inter-religious unity and knowledge with the members of different religions.
Since the mid-1980s he has engaged in a dialogue mainly in the neurological, neurobiological, quantum and cosmic fields, with modern scientists. This led to a long-standing alliance between Buddhist monks and world-famous scientists to help people to achieve peace of mind. It also contributed to the introduction of modern science to the traditional system of Tibetan monastic institutions re-established in exile.